Google Shuts Down Internal VR Film Studio Spotlight Stories

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Google is shutting down Spotlight Stories, the group tasked not only with pushing forward virtual reality as a storytelling medium, but creating a number of highly polished and thoughtful VR pieces in the process. Image courtesy Google.

Developers Now Receiving Google’s Experimental 6DOF Controller Kits

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So far Google has been mum on the details, so at this point we just can’t tell. The post Developers Now Receiving Google’s Experimental 6DOF Controller Kits appeared first on Road to VR.

Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

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Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet.

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Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

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Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. ” Image courtesy Google.

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Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR.

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Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio

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Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform. Founded originally by Motorola with the goal of producing 360-degree content exclusive to Android phones, the studio eventually fell into the hands of Google after their 12.5

Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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Google Brings ARCore 1.0 to Multiple Flagship Smartphones, Google Lens Preview Soon

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Google announced it’s bringing ARCore , it’s augmented reality SDK, out of preview and to a number of flagship smartphones in its 1.0 Once Google throws the switch, you’ll be able to download ARCore here.

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Google Daydream View Gallery & Roundup

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Today was the big reveal for Google’s first Daydream ready phone, Pixel, and the Daydream View headset, the first high-end VR headset from the company. Google Pixel and Daydream View Coverage. Google Announces First Daydream-Ready VR Phone.

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Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Watch Google’s ‘Visual Positioning Service’ AR Tracking in Action

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In addition, he announced an AR mode for an upcoming educational tool called Google Expeditions. Google Tango is a smartphone-based AR platform that has the ability to map the world around you in real-time using a number of on-board sensors and the phone’s camera.

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Google Demonstrates Promising Low-cost, Mobile Inside-out Controller Tracking

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But we could see that change in the near future, thanks to research from Google which details a system for low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

Google Launches Android Chrome WebVR Support

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Google have launched WebVR support for the Android platform via the Chrome browser opening up this exciting platform to Android mobile VR users on Cardboard and Daydream users. SEE ALSO Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap.

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Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April. The post Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo appeared first on Road to VR.

Google: Don’t Expect 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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If you’re waiting on positionally-tracked controllers for Google’s latest entry into the Daydream platform, the standalone 6DOF VR headset Lenovo Mirage Solo, you probably won’t ever see it, at least not from Google.

Google to Feature High-resolution VR OLED Display for Wide FOV Headsets at SID 2018

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As first reported by OLED-info , an advanced copy of the event’s schedule maintains that a talk featuring Google hardware engineer Carlin Vieri will be taking place May 22nd. Yes, Google is researching foveated rendering too.

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Google Shares New Research into Foveated Rendering Techniques

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To that effect, Google Software Engineer Manager Behnam Bastani and Daydream Software Engineer Eric Turner recently posted a quick overview of a few techniques in the company’s nascent foveated rendering pipeline for AR/VR.

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Google Brings AR Mode to ‘Motion Stills’ Android App

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Google recently launched an augmented reality mode for the Android version of its video capture app Motion Stills , which brings the ability to insert AR objects into the world so you can record GIFs and video.

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5 Google ARCore Experiments That Inject Magic into Everyday Life

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Google released a preview version of ARCore for Android yesterday, the company’s answer to Apple’s ARKit. Built by George Michael Brower with friends at Google Creative Lab. Built by Jane Friedhoff with friends at Google Creative Lab using Unity and ARCore.

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Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

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A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘ Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset ’. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR viewer enclosure for smartphones made from Cardboard.

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Google Confirms Chrome is Coming to Standalone Daydream Headsets

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But that’s soon to change, as Google has now confirmed that Chrome is on its way to standalone Daydream headsets. ” Chrome mobile running in VR | Image courtesy Google. The post Google Confirms Chrome is Coming to Standalone Daydream Headsets appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google & LG Detail Next-gen 1,443 PPI OLED VR Display, ‘especially ideal for standalone AR/VR’

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Ahead of SID Display Week, researchers have published details on Google and LG’s 18 Mpixel 4.3-in 1,443-ppi 120Hz OLED display made for wide field of view VR headsets, which was teased back in March. Human Visual System vs. Google/LG’s Display.

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Design Your Own VR Tour With Google’s ‘Tour Creator’

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified, web-based VR development to students and teachers. You can then search across Google Street View for your desired locations, or upload your own 360-degree photos for a one-of-a-kind tour.

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4 Interesting New ARCore Apps Hitting Google Play Store

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ARCore, Google’s augmented reality software development kit for Android devices, was recently made available on 13 flagship smartphones – giving over 100 million devices, the company says, the ability to run AR apps. Google’s ‘Just a Line’ Art App.

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Google Brings Native ‘Tango’ AR Support to Unity

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Google has announced that its augmented reality platform Tango will be getting native integrated support for Unity later this year. Google’s Nathan Martz, Photo Courtesy Unity. SEE ALSO Asus 'ZenFone AR' Google Tango, Daydream VR Phone Launched, Specs Revealed.

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Google Teases AR Maps Integration to Help You Navigate By Sight

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Aparna Chennapragada, VP of Product for AR/VR at Google, took to the stage at Google’s I/O developer conference today to tease some of the work the company is doing to integrate augmented reality into Google Maps. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

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Report: Google May Introduce a New All-in-one VR Headset at I/O Developer Conference

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According to a Variety exclusive, Google may be gearing up to show off a brand new mobile VR headset at Google I/O developer conference this week, one that not only delivers VR in an all-in-one device, but could likely offer inside-out positional tracking as well.

Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration

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After announcing Daydream earlier this year, Google’s platform for high-end virtual reality on Android, the company has now says the Daydream VR SDK has reached version 1.0 ” See Also: Google’s (Day)dream: ‘Hundreds of Millions of Users in a Couple of Years’.

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Google Opens ‘Maps’ API So Devs Can Create ‘Pokémon Go’-style Games

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During the Google Developer Day presentation at GDC 2018, Product Manager Clementine Jacoby and Engineering Lead Patrick Donelan at Google Maps presented the team’s progress in bringing their technology and data to game developers. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Preparing AR Walking Navigation via Testing Through Local Guides

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The augmented reality walking navigation mode for Google Maps appears to be closer to an upcoming release for the general public. According to the paper, Google will soon roll out the feature to select Local Guides, the app's user-generated content participants.

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Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads

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According to a recent entry on the Google Developers Blog , the company has begun experimenting with advertising formats suitable for placement inside of virtual reality experiences. The post Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads appeared first on Road to VR.

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Watch Google’s Pixel 2 Event Livestream Here, Starting at 9AM PT / 12PM ET

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According to Google “There’s something new to love on October 4th,” as the company is slated to unveil its newest smartphone today, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google does VR (Daydream). Google does AR ( ARCore ).

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Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch

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Google started its virtual reality initiatives early but slowly, announcing the now widely known Cardboard program way back in 2014. Google announced the Daydream initiative earlier this year at their annual I/O conference. Google News VR Jobs google google daydream google vrg

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Hands-On with Google Maps Walking AR Navigation Experiment, a Peek into Our Smartglasses Future

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While Google isn't ready to commit to a wide release of the AR walking navigation mode for Google Maps, the company has begun testing the feature with members of its Local Guides crowdsourcing community.

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Only Select Developers Can Publish Google Daydream Apps Until 2017

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Google Daydream is supposed to launch Fall 2016, but only a select group of developers will be able to publish Daydream apps to the Google Play store until 2017. See Also: Google Daydream SDK Launches Out of Beta, Adds Unity Integration.

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Google Announces 6DoF Controller Devkit, ‘See-Through’ Mode For Daydream

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In an effort to better perfect the Daydream experience, Google recently announcement an experimental 6DoF motion controller devkit designed specifically for 6DoF headsets operating on the Daydream platform, which currently consists of solely the Mirage Solo. Image Credit: Google AR & VR.

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Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets

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Earlier this year, Clay Bavor, VP of VR/AR at Google, revealed a “secret project” to develop a VR-optimised OLED panel capable of 20 megapixels per eye. The post Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Glass is Back, Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’ Unveiled

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Google Glass, the iconic heads-up display (HUD) introduced back in 2012—known for spawning the portmanteau “glasshole”—is finally back, this time albeit it as a special business model dubbed Glass Enterprise Edition.

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Google’s ‘Welcome to Light Fields’ VR App Reveals the Power of Volumetric Capture

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Google has released a free app for PC VR headsets called Welcome to Light Fields. The company says the app serves as a showcase of “the emerging technology Google is using to power its next generation of VR content.”

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Google Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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Google’s Daydream 6DOF Controllers Now Shipping To Developers

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The first unboxing video for Google’s 6DOF controllers hit the Web as the first wave of developer kits appear to be shipping out. VR Industry News Daydream google

Google Daydream VR Headset Rumored to Unveil Today for $79

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Google is set to unveil a number of new devices and services at today’s big event, mainly focusing on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones (which have already been widely leaked ). The post Google Daydream VR Headset Rumored to Unveil Today for $79 appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google Announces New Tools to Develop High-performance Daydream Apps

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Scaling means getting developers to build VR experience that are not only fun, but highlight optimized, and Google wants to make that as easy as possible. SEE ALSO Google Bringing Native 'Tango' AR Support to Unity Later This Year.

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